Saturday Scraplift: Designing with Strong Lines

Although I’ve never considered myself artistic – as in I can’t draw a straight line without a ruler – I have learned some things about design in the process of becoming a scrapper. A couple of classes didn’t hurt, either! I find myself drawn to pages that exhibit strong lines, like this one of Mel’s (Britgirl) that we’re lifting this week. I love how she’s focused her design in the lower right corner and emphasized it with the dotted borders, the wooden chevrons, and her brushwork. Then, for a bit of balance, she’s put the location and date in the upper left corner. Perfection! The Creative Team had fun lifting Mel’s wonderful page. Here’s how they were inspired.

 Mel’s page

Maureen (maureenreynolds) scrapped a moving photo of her granddaughter to tell the story of her heritage. I love the way the cluster in the upper left and the title draw the viewer’s eye right to that picture. She chose the perfect accompanying elements in the star bead scatterings and banner, as well as her patriotic color scheme of red, white, and blue.

Credits: Americana Clusters; Astro Bead Scatterings; Cape St. Clair Kit; Clean Stitched Borders: White No. 01; File Cards No. 01; Loved Layered Template No. 02; Starry Banners No. 01; Stitched Journal Strips No. 03; Vintage Photo Frames No. 35; Layer Works No. 202

Debi (beehive50) lifted Mel’s page and stayed true to her signature style in the process. I adore the clean look Debi created to record how her daughter rescued a neighborhood pooch. She cleverly used stitching holes to create the strong lines of her corner and repeated the elements and colors of her page in the small cluster in the upper left.

Credits: Wanderer Solids Paper Pack;  Pencil Line Leaves Brushes and Stamps No. 09; Watery Branches Brushes and Stamps No. 08; Stitching Holes No. 02 Brushes and Stamps; Vintage Photo Frames No. 46; Wooden Arrows No. 03; Plastic Slimline Serif Alphabets No. 02; Stapled Stacks Christmas No. 01; Fastener Basics No. 01

Sarah (sterkeurs) adopted Mel’s strong lines for her dramatic last day of school page. The colorful photos and white dotted borders really pop against the dark background, and the block of photos makes for a strong horizontal line. The primary colors are just right for this cool school page.

Credits: Back to School Scrapbook Kit;  School Mates Kit

I think you’ll enjoy working with some strong lines in your design for this page. Remember to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge gallery as well as in the August Challenge Participation sign-in thread. Happy scrapping!


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